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March 2015 Geocacher Profile

Mar 01, 2015 - 8:24 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Chuck Schwab aka floaten should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? floaten


How did you choose your handle? I used to skydive and created an email address using floaten many years ago, as in “floaten through the air”. I essentially gave up one hobby for another and the name transferred.

How long have you been geocaching? I found my first geocache in April 2005.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I was an ROTC instructor at Eastern Illinois University and a biology professor (Flowerdoc) approached me and asked if I had a GPS. I was an army infantryman, so of course I did. The campus had two geocaches placed by the doc, so he asked if I had time to take a break and wanted to show me something. The rest is history!

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? During the week I cache alone. We cache as a family during the weekends which typically revolves around going somewhere in the state we have not visited. I have gone on several outings with KSDS, Razz007, Butch724, and KNKinCabot.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I don’t give up. I love puzzles. I will work a puzzle until I solve it or I’ll ask for help. Woodwalker is to blame for me puzzle madness. I used to avoid puzzles until I moved to Arkansas where I spotted all the puzzles in Jacksonville.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
The areas I enjoy the most are places like Pinnacle, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Petit Jean. I prefer to wander through the woods.

Do you do paperless caching? Not anymore. I haven’t for years. Back in the day I can remember printing out the listing page and drawing a map on the page to get me close to GZ. From there I used my GPS and walked in the direction that made the numbers move closer to what I needed.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S5 with the apps C:Geo and GCDroid

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the “I didn’t even know that existed and I live here” comment. That is why I geocache. It takes me to places that a person may not normally visit but should.

Where are you originally from? Everett, Washington

In what states have you geocached? I have currently geocached in 20 states. Nothing outside the US.


What was your first event ever attended?
My first event was at a grand opening of a new park in April 2006. We lived in Illinois at the time.

How many caches have you found? I am currently sitting at 5,994 with a goal of 8,000 by the end of the year.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? Unique and hand made. I love the I.C. series in Cabot.

What was the most famous cache that you have found? I found all the virtual caches in Disney World the summer of 2014. GC10FB Magic Kingdom has the most favorite points with 776


Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? I prefer to find but like hiding them too because it means I just listed another puzzle.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? To be honest, some of my puzzles are tough so I figure they earned an easy find.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? My puzzle called “Cell Phones” is my favorite hide. You’ll need to solve it to find out. LOL!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
My two favorites are Cell Phones and Numbers. They are my toughest.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Whatever ratio you can maintain. If you don’t mind maintaining 300 hides go for it. As long as you’re willing to keep them up. Otherwise, don’t hide anything.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? When I started geocaching we did not have power trails. It was about getting out and seeing nature and going to unique places. That is what hooked me.

What's your favorite geocache?
I have several so I’ll list a few of the most memorable in the Little Rock area. GC44JJ2 (Pump Station), GC53AVA (The Lost Picnic Area), GC5C2V7 (Cash Bash V Chinquapin).

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Anywhere off the North American continent. Off the wall places like Bermuda Island, Greenland, or Iceland.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Both ways have benefits. I have no preference. I have a great time with friends but enjoy caching by myself too. My primary means of transportation is a motorcycle so when alone I get to do two things I love at the same time.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I actually keep track but I don’t have many. I think I’m sitting at 48.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? I have my notifications set at 25 miles. That is my limit. If the cache is a simple P&G within the Cabot city limits I’ll leave immediately. If it posted in Jacksonville I am more hesitant. If it has a difficulty 4.5/4.5 and is within my 25 mile limit I’m all over it. People tend to shy away from those.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I like to spend time motorcycling and hiking but geocaching usually finds a way into those two hobbies so I guess I don’t. LOL
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February 2015 Geocacher Profile

Feb 01, 2015 - 8:12 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Kendall Tabor aka Coon&Bud should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Coon&Bud unofficial title “The King of DNF”. I have currently 359 DNF’s logged.



How did you choose your handle?
I choose Coon to honor my father, Raymond "Coon" Tabor. The Bud part is to honor my father in law Charles "Bud" Dickinson. I lost them both in 1997 to heart disease. I sometimes cache with my wife so she is the “Bud” part.



How long have you been geocaching?
Let me see I started on June 12, 2008. That all boils down to 4 years 7 months and lots of gasoline.




How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
My first find was GCZAWC The Haunted Forest by Old River Runner. I found it with my daughter. She was the actual finder of the cache, in a Cedar tree, a 35mm on the Bona Dea Trails in Russellville.



Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
I cache with several friends, Apache Scout & Sioux, Buckshot (Cousin)/MammaLlama, Hopalong2K, and most recently I have cached with my new friend bUTCH46. I love going caching in a group. I have cached with several Ark-Geo members.




How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Well to be honest, I am easily stumped. I have over 100 puzzle finds. I do find them. I never really give up. I phone a friend for help or the CO for help. There are a few I have put on a back burner and make a note. I look over those and see if there is a new log for help too. Recently I solved one, with help from Jffok and others, which I have wanted to solve for years.



What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Jessieville and Russellville are where I cache in Arkansas primarily. I have had fun in Louisville, KY, Middle-Tennessee (wife’s family), and on a vacation to Colorado. I am attending MOGA this year in Missouri and that will be a hoot.



Do you do paperless caching?
Yes, primarily I do paperless cache, but not when I first started. I do use paper notes still on a Junior Legal Pad.




What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
I use a Garmin E-Trex, yes the good old yellow ones, I have several and a classroom set to teach my Professional Development classes about Geocaching. I also have a Garmin E-Trex 10 unit. I got it for Christmas in 2013 and I am still getting used to it. I also use the Geocaching app on my IPhone.





Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Yes, I would! I have taught students and fellow educators to geocache. Several of my students have Geocaching accounts and Geocache. A few teachers, I taught in a PD, have accounts too.




Where are you originally from?
I was born in Harrison, Arkansas. I am the 7th generation of my family to live in Arkansas and 5th to be born here. My GGG Grandpa came here in 1824.



In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Florida and Mississippi. 12 States in all, I don't travel much at all, just for family.



What was your first event ever attended?
The Breakfast Club- March 09 edition, GC1N8N6 hosted by Idratherbehiking. I have since attended 110 events, 10 CITO, 2 Mega(Geowoodstock), and 1- Lost and Found event, 10 years of geocaching. That makes 123 in all. I had a blast at each and every one. I also have hosted some events and flash mobs.



How many caches have you found?
I found 5 more today so 2,810.



Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
I like one that does not leak. I hate finding a cache that has the contents that are mush. Anymore folks are not testing the containers to see if it is waterproof. I love an ammo can but they are rare now.



What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I guess GC1B Gorilla Stash, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. It was on a caching trip to cache with Buckshot.



Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
I use disposable batteries



Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
I enjoy finding them more than hiding them. I am not a very creative hider. Hiding is like this, I am a musician, I can play most anything on a band instrument (finding) but do not like writing music (hiding). Both are a craft not all are good at both.



Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Yes, I have a goal. I ask myself did I give enough clues on my puzzle or multi or regular to find the cache. Like I stated, I am not really a good hider, I am creative in other areas. I am willing to grow into a better hider.



What is your favorite type of cache hide?
An Earthcache is my favorite, lots to learn in the world. Colorado has many fun Earthcaches. I also like, yes, Virtuals! That is the standard favorite.



Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
I guess the cemetery hides that are Marian County and Boone County. They are in cemeteries where my grandparents are buried.



What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
100 finds then start hiding caches, also no needs archived unless you have found at least 500 caches.




How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Apache Scout &Sioux presented a Professional Development at my school. They are such great people and educators. I also got a free Garmin E-Trex for attending. The rest is history.




What's your favorite geocache?
I guess the grave of Minnie Pearl, a Virtual GCJFKF Minnies Pearl. Sarah Cannon was her real name, just a simple footstone. She started a Cancer research facility in Tennessee but to those who never heard of her she was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.



If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I always wanted to cache in Europe. I am going to Hawaii in a few years that will be fun.



Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
I like caching a group, more eyes, equals more finds. I call myself the King of DNF. I really do not like posting them but they are necessary to the owners.



How many First to Finds do you have?
I have 66 FTF and living in Russellville that has been a struggle. I have a personal goal of 100 for a challenge cache.



Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
I set my settings at the max. I love the FTF just as much as all the FTF hounds. There is nothing like that blank log. I recently got some FTF in Clinton, over an hour away from Russellville.



Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Yes, I play the Tuba and other band instruments. I play the QR code game. I have my church and family and a dog. I swim in the summer in my pool.
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January 2015 Geocacher Profile

Jan 01, 2015 - 8:41 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Dan, Cody, & Caleb Anderson aka LostBoys2007 should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? LostBoys2007

How did you choose your handle?
From the Peter Pan Misfits called the LostBoys and 2007 for the year we started.

How long have you been geocaching? 7 years

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? I had heard of Geocaching and read a little bit on the internet so I bought myself a GPSr at Gander Mountain on Black Friday of 2007…I acted surprised when I opened it on Christmas day, we got on the Computer, found a couple in town and wrote down all the information and went hunting…and hunted….and hunted some more. Couldn’t find it, didn’t have a clue what we were doing and didn’t know anyone else who Geocached. So we came back home, looked up some more information and went back to the antique store to look some more…still couldn’t find it, so we gave up on that one at the time and went to Jail Time in Jacksonville and found it right away! It had Hot Wheels in it and the boys were hooked! Cody was 10 and Caleb was 6 at the time.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
For the first few years, the boys almost always went, KTJx2, Bates Gang, Crazy Cowboy and Cabot_Fish were all regular cachers with us. Now it is usually Cabot_Fish, Crazy Cowboy and myself when we can work out our schedules.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Puzzles?? There are puzzle caches out there??? Whoda thunk it….Ok, so I will work on them for a little while, but then move on. Cabot_Fish and Crazy Cowboy like them much better than I and will work until they solve them….and we will all go hunt for them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? When we first started caching, Searcy was the Cache mecca to us. It had the most and the best caches as far as we knew, at the time. There were some great caches in Hawaii, Birmingham, OKC, Wichita and Branson also.

Do you do paperless caching? It is funny to look back at all the Notebooks I used when we first started, I would write down as much info as possible for each cache we planned on doing that night. Then we got serious and downloaded all the stuff on a Palm Pilot for a couple years….Then I finally upgraded to a GPSr that would hold pocket queries and show the cache info….and now the caching app on the IPhone makes it easy to look everything up and cache with….still keep my GPSr close at hand though!

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Started with a Garmin eTrex Venture HC after about 3.5 years upgraded to a Garmin Colorado 400i…and use the Iphone6 some as well…I know, I know….what can I say, it’s easy and convenient.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? Geocaching gets you out of the house, chasing treasure, and making memories! The things you see, the conversations, the fun you have and the quality time with friends and family caching….priceless!

Where are you originally from? Harrisonville Missouri, chose Little Rock Air Force Base as my first choice base and got it. Married an Arkansas girl and stayed.

In what states have you geocached?
So far we have gotten 41 states including Hawaii and Alaska, the District of Columbia and Canada. Military travels sure help pick up other states!

What was your first event ever attended?
January 23, 2009 Hometown Hero Event in Searcy.

How many caches have you found? 5546 caches…and counting.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? I love to find creative well crafted caches, ones that look like they belong or really blend in with their surroundings. Cody Loves the hard ones, the ones that make you think, and Caleb loves big ones and any one he can get to first!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
I guess Gorilla Stash GC1B would be the oldest and most famous we have found.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposable Lithium batteries.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? After we had been caching a while the boys and I would come up with ideas and go out in the garage and create caches and hide them…so much fun and good times together. Having said that, we love going out and finding them too!

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? We always try to make it a little bit different and somewhat challenging, but fun.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? The craftsman or craftswoman cache…one that is well thought out, designed and hidden.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? My original FBC cache that was a locked ammo can with the key inside and a series of PVC piping to get the key out to unlock it…a different twist on a monkey cache and Dirty Shoes the boys came up with the idea, the name and helped make most of it.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
I am guilty of this, so I would say a ratio that you can maintain…many thanks to Butch724 and others for helping keep ours up!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I first heard of it on the internet I think and being an outdoor, adventure kind of activity, I just knew we had to try it!

What's your favorite geocache? After over 5000 caches, it is hard to pick just one, but Several of WoodWalker9’s in Searcy would have to be at the top, Rave, Yahoo, Illuminating Louis etc…not even sure those are the correct names, but they were very memorable for the boys and I.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Australia, Europe and Japan.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Cabot_Fish and I have cached so much together, we have a system down pat that works very well. But I will take off by myself in a heartbeat for a little caching time if everyone else is busy.

How many First to Finds do you have? Not sure, we used to be very competitive in the FTF race, I think it’s between 80 and 90.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? We used to always be set on go, and still have a 30mile notification set up….still go when I can…it’s fun being first!

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Almost too many to list…Baseball, Xbox 360(Caleb), Golf, Trap Shooting and Hunting(Cody) We do those things together as well as Camping, Hunting, riding 4 wheelers, biking, working on cars, going to car shows and races, anything fun together!
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December 2014 Geocacher Profile

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:32 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Randy and Janie Elder aka RJElder should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

RJElder

How did you choose your handle?
Our names are Randy and Janie Elder so it is just a combination of our first initials and last name. We cache as a team.

How long have you been geocaching?
Just over 2 years. We started on Aug. 4th, 2012.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
A niece of our son in law was at a family gathering and asked if we had heard of geocaching. Some had heard of it but most had not. She had just started and knew of one close to where we were at the time. There were 7 or 8 of us who loaded up in our Suburban and headed out. Our very first that trip was GC203TY Don’t Fence me Out. This was a good hide but we were kind of a tag along on that find still trying to understand what was going on and didn’t even sign that log or record it that day. The next one we tuned in as we got the app installed on our phones as we went to GC3CG6J - SCCC Hicks Cemetery. It was like the keystone cops with everyone trying to figure out how to follow the maps and compass. We searched and searched then heard those words: Found It by the niece who had taken us on this journey. It was a very good hide and not sure we would have ever found it without her. Needless to say we were hooked and never looked back.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of the time it is the 2 of us but we also love to cache as a group with our daughter and her family or Janie's sister and brother in law.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Don't know the answer because there are some that are unsolved still after months and still haven't given up yet. Randy is more interested in puzzles.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We enjoy caching around Hot Springs, Dallas TX on business trips and in our childhood hometown of Jackson TN. Guess our true favorite is where ever we are at the time.

Do you do paperless caching?
yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Android phones with C:GEO app and Garmin Gpsmap 62sc

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It is a hobby that can be great fun for the whole family or individuals. Caching as a couple we have spent more quality time together in the past couple of years than the previous 5 or 10 before that. We especially love the relationships that have been formed in meeting others who enjoy this hobby either at events or on the trail. When we travel it has helped us discover places, history, and interesting facts we would never have been exposed to.

Where are you originally from?
Both of us are from Jackson, TN but have lived in central Arkansas most of our adult lives since 1976.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Nevada, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin in the US then also in Quebec Canada and Serbia

What was your first event ever attended?
GC3TA8H - ArkGeo October Meet and Greet - Bryant (Oct 6th, 2012) Hosted by Ron White. We met some seasoned cachers and others who were new forming friendships that we greatly value.

How many caches have you found?
2,575

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Homemade containers.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
GC28 Beverly (oldest cache in IL) or GC9CBB THE Grotto in Memphis

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding more but have started placing a few.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Sometimes we have a goal in mind but it differs with each situation.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Those that have history or take you to beautiful locations.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
As of now the Cedar Mini Series in Jackson TN (GC45B5B, GC45BEZ, GC45BFY, GC45BG8, GC491R8, GC45BGG, GC491RQ and GC45BGN).

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Don’t think there is any blanket ratio but rather to hide as many as can be well maintained. It does help to get a variety of new hides from cachers who are committed to the sport.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Janie heard about it a long time ago around the time it first started but didn’t know it was something anyone could do. The story of our first adventure is related in the question about the first find and we were pretty hooked at that time but later spending time on the computer realizing how massive the number of caches were was a trigger for Randy. A cache which gave us a lot of trouble early on as we branched out on our own and was a key part of opening our eyes to the creativity in the hobby was GC244V9 Guarding Lyle Park. We have used this hide very close to our home as a hook to entice several new cachers into the sport.

What's your favorite geocache?
No way to agree on just one but we really like the field puzzles like I.C. Series in Cabot (examples GC3835K, GC52EV7, GC4R9ZW, GC2P3VH, GC2P2D5), GC1MPNC Drive you to Drink in Hot Springs or GC4QPMZ - a - MAZE - ing Cache in Jackson TN.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
All over the world but especially in all 50 states. Would like to take extended trips to the Northwest and Northeast of the US.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Group

How many First to Finds do you have?
87

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Yes, we are pretty much ready to go when they pop up. Distance set at 50 miles both in Central Arkansas and around Jackson TN. If they are north of the river usually won’t go because too much competition up there.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Not much anymore. Randy used to play softball and bowl but age has taken its toll on those activities. Janie likes reading and shopping.
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November 2014 Geocacher Profile

Nov 03, 2014 - 6:05 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Susan and Mike Dodson aka St. Rock should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

St. Rock

How did you choose your handle?

Susan was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Mike was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. We thought St. Rock was funny. Mike also says Susan is the saint and he is the rock (hard-headed.)

How long have you been geocaching?

We have been caching with the name St. Rock since 2011. We used to cache under the name Pei Parents in 2005 and 2006. The name was related to the dog we had at the time. She died in 2006 and we had a lot of changes in our lives and we just fell out of caching. When we started back up, we didn’t know you could change your name, so we created a new account.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
We asked for a GPS for Christmas, 2004, so we could start geocaching. We were at Susan’s parents’ house in St. Joseph, Missouri, and found a cache by the name of Fore! in the days after Christmas. The cache was in a PVC pipe near a golf course.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
We try to bring Henry, the cache dog, with us as much as possible. Susan’s mom and brother frequently go with us when we visit each other.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

Susan usually looks at the puzzles, but doesn’t work on them very long if she doesn’t have someone to assist her. Susan keeps thinking she is going to get some big block of time to sit down and try to learn how to solve puzzles, but it hasn’t happened yet.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We love to geocache when we are on vacation. GeoWoodstock in St. Charles, Missouri, was great fun and we didn’t find even a tenth of the caches we wanted to. When we visit Susan’s parents in St. Joseph, we have a great time because there are a lot of fun caches there. In Arkansas, we aren’t picky. Anywhere that has caches, we are happy to go hunt them whenever we can find the time.


Do you do paperless caching?
Yes. We cannot imagine having to use paper again like we did back in 2005.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Most of the time, our iPhones. We do have our original GPS we got, a Garmin eTrex Legend, that we use for backup and when we hid caches.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
We always tell people if you like the outdoors and to use your brain, geocaching is for you. We also tell other geocachers to attend events so that they can meet other people who have the same hobby/obsession.

Where are you originally from?
Mike – Little Rock, Arkansas

Susan – St. Joseph, Missouri

In what states have you geocached?

Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska.

What was your first event ever attended?
We attended one in Clarksville put on by nonnipoppy and golfnutz, we think in 2006. It was so cold that day that we just socialized, ate and didn’t look for any caches.


How many caches have you found?
Almost 1550, but Susan is behind on logs!

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Any well maintained container is fun for us to find.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?
That would have to be Mingo. We found it this past summer while visiting Susan’s parents over the 4th of July. Susan’s mom came with us and we left their house at 6:30am and returned home that night about 11pm. We only found about 10 caches on that road trip, but we had a lot of fun.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

On the rare occasion we use our GPS, we use rechargeable.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

At this point, finding. We haven’t hidden many caches. Susan does most of the scouting for hides and gets a little intimidated when reading about only hide a cache if there is a reason to come to the area or hearing/reading other cachers complain about light pole caches or unimaginative caches, etc. We guess we need to not worry about what others say and just hide some more caches, unimaginative or otherwise!
We have, however, hosted a few events this year and have enjoyed doing that.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

No.


What is you favorite type of cache hide?

Susan probably enjoys EarthCaches and virtuals the most. Mike probably likes any cache that involves history in some way.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
No favorite hides, but we really enjoyed hosting a CITO this past spring.


What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
We have no idea. If cachers would maintain their caches or archive caches they don’t want to keep up, we think it would help keep the sport fresh.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Susan read about geocaching in the paper and thought it sounded like fun. We got a GPS for Christmas in 2004 and cached for about a year and half. We then got back into geocaching because Susan heard about the state park caches and thought it would be fun to visit all 52 state parks. Since we currently are on a geostreak of 500 and some days, we definitely consider ourselves addicts now.


What's your favorite geocache?
We couldn’t name a single favorite one. We really enjoyed all of the state parks caches and finding the final. Susan likes any cache she can find and not end up with poison ivy or snake encounters. Susan also likes caches Mike can physically make it to.


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Mike says the Caribbean or Australia. Susan would like to visit all 50 states and visit all of the national parks while we are there.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

We usually just cache with the cache dog. Lately though, we have gone out with different people and it has been fun. It especially nice to go after some of the higher terrain caches with others since Mike usually can’t make it to them.


Mike also has been enjoying a lot of lunchtime caching with his boss, Canada Team. Canada Team decided to try for a one year streak about the time we finished ours, so they frequently will grab a cache on their lunch break when their workflow allows it.

How many First to Finds do you have?

Only about 10. FTFs are pretty hard to come by where we live if you have a set work schedule.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
If we happen to get a FTF, it generally is a cache that is published on the weekend and other cachers have to be out of town. Hence, we rarely even try for them.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
We enjoy doing things with the cache dog. We also are trying to visit as many national parks/historic sites/battlefields, etc. as possible and getting stamps in our passport book. So I guess we like to road trip whenever we can!
Mike also enjoys genealogy and Susan used to like to scrapbook, although she hasn’t done it in quite some time.
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